For Xbox, there’s a lot riding on the big non-E3 press conference. Right now, after some notable delays, the mega-publisher’s 2022 is devoid of any major exclusivity. In addition to the required announcements of games coming to Game Pass and announcements about more devices that you can stream those games to, Xbox can even share some news about, you know, real video games.
Where to watch
The event kicks off on Sunday, June 12 at 1:00 PM ET. You can stream it on Xboxs YouTube and twitch channels. If you’d rather watch it with compressions so heavy it’s like looking through a kaleidoscope, it’s streamed too Twitter† Bethesda will also be co-streaming on YouTube and twitch channels. Aaron Greenberg from Xbox said it takes 95 minutes.
Xbox will follow the showcase on Tuesday, June 14 at 1:00 PM ET with an “extended” version. That stream will not contain any new announcements, but will provide more details about games shown during the main event.
What to expect
Ahead of Thursday’s Summer Game Fest kickoff event, publishers and developers — in a marketing spree for even more marketing — openly said whether their games would be appearing during the show; few surprises there. Meanwhile, there had been a lot of rumors beforehand during Sony’s big State of Play show; few surprises there. Xbox’s event, however, is a bit more of a mystery.
It’s a pretty safe bet that something, somethingInvolving Halo Infinite will show up. Halo is from Xbox Mario† And right now, the latest version is the multiplayer shooter that also happens to be Microsoft’s big live service game du jour, with a regular series of updates and a ton of previously announced additions planned for future updates. Halo Infinite still lacks multiplayer features – including support for a co-op campaign, plus the creative level-building Forge mode – that were in previous games and should be released sometime this year. Last year, Microsoft trademark “The Endless”, a clear reference to events taking place at the end of endless‘s campaign, which sparks a potential expansion. The studio Defined Affinity is also working on the game in an untold capacity; some fans believe it is developing a battle royale mode.
Fans are also convinced that some kind of Banjo-Kazooie revival is underway. Through achievements, some people have spotted Xbox head Phil Spencer play the Xbox 360 version of Banjo-Kazooie earlier this month. (Some say it’s a sign; others say he’s just playing a game he likes.) Yes, this is the result of about three degrees of hearsay, but a developer claimed that something related to the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fighters is on the way. Spencer told before Kotaku that any revival of the series is a call from original developer Rare, now an Xbox studio.
Speaking of Rare, the venerable studio has another game in the works that can only be seen in screenshots and short cinematic trailers: everwild† Last June, after everwild was absent from Xbox’s E3 presence, VGC reported first that the game had rebooted internally and was now targeting a 2024 release. Maybe this year’s non-E3 show is when we finally get to know the deal?
Xbox’s slate has a bunch of other announced titles in the works. Many were teased during Xbox E3 Showcase from Last Year but have not received any information in the meantime. A selection:
- The outer worldsObsidian’s first-person sci-fi RPG that feels like precipitation in space, will be continued.
- Obsidian is also developing a first-party fantasy RPG called confess†
- The horror game contempt, inspired by the work of HR Giger, has been postponed a few times. It is currently slated for a wide release in October 2022 on Xbox and PC.
- The makers of Just cause are developing smuggled goodsa co-op game set in the 1970s.
- Atomic Heart is a different game like the modern one precipitations, set in an alternate timeline version of the Soviet Union where the robotics industry has proliferated. It looks crazy†
- Somerville is a limbo-like where you run away from aliens while accompanied by a dog.
- Due to the ongoing war in Ukraine, GSC Game World has postponed its apocalyptic shooter STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl from April 28 to December 8, 2022.
Two long-dormant Xbox series are also being revived. The Initiative, a new studio, is working on a reboot of Perfect Dark† Playground Games, which just released the wonderful Forza Horizon 5 in November, has another entry in the fable series of fantasy RPGs on the horizon. It’s anyone’s guess whether or not any of these games will make an appearance. (For what it’s worth, I wouldn’t be surprised if Playground has some details about a Forza Horizon 5 extension. Its predecessor, 2018’s Forza Horizon 4saw the Fortune Island DLC just a few months after the main game’s release.)
But the big one — the only Microsoft first-party studio to share title billing with Xbox — is Bethesda. Last month, Bethesda postponed its two biggest upcoming games: vampire shooter redfalldeveloped by Prey studio Arkane, and open-worlds RPG that hunts sandwich starfield† †Kotaku recently reported that Bethesda is no stranger to squatting and overworking, with the development of Fallout 76 mainly because it’s a painstaking process.) Originally slated for a November 11, 2022 release, starfield is now scheduled to be released in the first half of 2023. However, it’s been years in the making and so far Bethesda has only shown…eight whole seconds of gameplay footage†
You know what? Let’s be honest. we don’t see starfield game. Bethesda will probably just announce another one Skyrim port instead.
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